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Unethical Engineering: Understanding the Discrepancy Between Intent and Behavior in Tech 

June 10, 2022

Clarifai, an AI startup translating images and video into structured data, was committed to philanthropic practices such as donating software to socially beneficial causes. This was the Clarifai that Liz O’Sullivan was familiar with when she joined the team in 2017. 12 Several months later, O’Sullivan found herself in a...

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Is the Cold War in Your Pocket? Cybersecurity, the New Arms Race

June 10, 2022

When I was growing up, I was inexplicably fascinated with my parent’s perspective on the world during their own childhood. In 2012, I was in fifth grade, and had a good part of my summer ruined because I read a National Geographic article about the impact climate change would have...

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The Emotional, Political, “Oxymoronic” Engineer 

June 10, 2022

Far before I ever stepped foot into a CU engineering classroom, I swore off the idea of ever working for an oil company. I’ve always been a staunch environmentalist and from that perspective, fewer industries can be blamed for the earth’s environmental collapse than oil companies. Fast forward to me...

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Climate Migrants: People on the Move

June 10, 2022

When we think of the devastating impact of climate change, our first thoughts are probably about melting ice caps, rising ocean water, and ecological collapse. However, we often miss the human element. One of those impacts will be changing human migration patterns. Climate change will cause more people to leave...

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As the Climate Changes, So Must the Role of Engineers

June 9, 2022

Throughout my college career, I have had the opportunity to interact with many people - students, professors, industry professionals, etc. - who are all passionate and ready to tackle the climate change challenge. All of these people are striving to develop technologies and systems that can be used to mitigate...

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The Intersectionality of Race, Innovative Medical Research, and Eugenics

June 7, 2022

As a Herbst Fellow, Hermann Facundo Klein-Hessling Barrientos writes about the often-misrepresented history of eugenics in the United States and its intersections with race and innovative medical research today.

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Celebrate Leland Giovannelli’s 33 years at CU Boulder

May 2, 2022

Join the Herbst Program for Engineering, Ethics & Society on May 5 as they celebrate the career of Teaching Professor Leland Giovannelli. Please drop by to congratulate Leland for a brilliant career both in and beyond the classroom and thank her for her contributions to the college.

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Kowalchuk to lead panel on philosophy and literature

April 25, 2022

Teaching Assistant Professor Andrea Kowalchuk of the Herbst Program will lead a panel of academics discussing this topic on April 28 at 5:30 p.m. MT.

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Lucky Vidmar: Engineering and ethics intertwined

April 22, 2022

Lucky Vidmar (CompSci'94; M'97) is working to empower ethics-focused engineers through the Moulakis Lecture Series on Responsible Engineering in the Herbst Program for Engineering, Ethics & Society.

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Herbst Fellows pursue ethical and social impacts of engineering

Feb. 28, 2022

Six students from across the College of Engineering and Applied Science were selected as Herbst Fellows this semester, joining an elite group of scholars who embody the program’s commitment to ethical engineering study and practice.

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